Soprano Honoured Artist of Russia
Anna Markarova has a rare voice range: she sings both the mezzo-soprano repertoire and parts for lyric-dramatic soprano.
Anna Markarova was born in Rostov on Don. After graduating from the Rostov State Rachmaninoff Conservatoire (class of Professor Khudoverdova) she trained at the Stuttgart Akademie under Professor Ingeborg Wamser (Germany). Since 2010 she is a soloist of the Mariinsky Opera Company, touring with the company throughout Russia and abroad. She has appeared at Symphony Hall in Manchester and Birmingham, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Philharmonic Hall in Dublin, the Th??tre du Ch?telet in Paris, etc.
Regularly performs at the Easter Festival and at the Stars of the White Nights music festival. In the 2011-2012 season together with the Mariinsky Opera Company she has taken part in festival in Mikkeli (Finland) and the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Anna Markarova is a recipient of the special prize “For the best performance of an aria by Mascagni” at the XVIII International Valsesia Musica Competition (Varallo, Italy, 2002), winner of the 1st prize and special prize “For the best performance of a work by Rimsky-Korsakov” at the VII International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition (St Petersburg, 2006), laureate of the VI International Elena Obraztsova Competition (St Petersburg, 2007), recipient of the 1st prize at the All-Russian Schubert Competition (Moscow).
Her operatic repertoire includes the following roles: Princess Clarice (“The Love for Three Oranges”, S. Prokofiev), in R. Shchedrin’s operas: Korobochka (“Dead Souls” in concert), Grusha the Gypsy (“The Enchanted Wanderer”), Rosina (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”, G. Rossini), Cio-Cio-San (“Madama Butterfly”, G. Puccini), Prima Donna, Ariadne (“Ariadne auf Naxos”, R. Strauss), in G. Verdi’s operas: Odabella (“Attila”), Soprano (stage version of Verdi’s “Requiem”), Elisabeth de Valois (“Don Carlo”), Aida (“Aida”), etc.
The singer’s concert repertoire includes the soprano roles in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” and Orff’s cantata “Carmina Burana”.
In December 2010 together with Ildar Abdrazakov she appeared in a recording of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Attila” for the Mariinsky label (conducted by Valery Gergiev).